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Summer Literacy Institute

Due to unexpected and unavoidable personal and professional conflicts, several of our wonderful Baylor Summer Literacy Institute faculty were not able to return for 2019 as they had previously planned. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to replace them with equally outstanding presenters. We only want to offer the institute when we have the highest quality of faculty and content for attendees. Because of this, we have regretfully made the decision not to offer SLI in the summer of 2019. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

But mark your calendars for 2020!

Kylene Beers, Penny Kittle, Linda Rief and friends will be back for SLI 2020! We are getting ready to share exciting news about additional faculty who will join the Baylor Summer Literacy team as well! Please watch this page this fall for registration to open for the 2020 Baylor Summer Literacy to be held July 13-15, 2020. 


For the summers of 2016-2018, Baylor School of Education hosted the three-day Summer Literacy Institute, featuring nationally known literacy experts as speakers.

For the inaugural conference in 2016, more than 200 teachers attended from across Texas, the region, and as far away as New York and Pennsylvania. In 2017, the conference was, once again, sold out in early summer.  

Co-directors Dr. Barbara Purdum-Cassidy and Margaret Thomson said the conference grew out of a desire to reach more teachers with meaningful support. Purdum-Cassidy is clinical assistant professor of elementary education, and Thomson is senior lecturer in the School of Education.

The conference features internationally known literacy expert Kylene Beers, an advisor at Columbia University and previously senior reading researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University, along with Penny Kittle and Linda Rief — both teachers, authors and instructors at the University of New Hampshire Summer Literacy Institute.

To see photos of previous SLI conferences, browse the Facebook albums:

2018 Summer Literacy Conference

2017 Summer Literacy Conference

2016 Summer Literacy Conference I

2016 Summer Literacy Conference II